Belarus to reduce energy consumption by 15-20% in 2011-2015

The energy consumption will be cut down by 15-20% in Belarus in 2011-2015. This task was set out by the state complex research program “Natural resources and environment” in 2011-2015, BelTA learnt from Director of the Institute for Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Alexei Karabanov. 

A scientific conference “Environmental science: state and prospects” was held at Yanka Kupala Grodno State University within the framework of the 8th national environment forum on 28 August. 

The conference discussed various aspects of personnel training and environmental education. The participants pointed out to the lack of specialists in certain environmental specialties. They discussed the study, rational use and preservation of the biological diversity of Belarus, reviewed the implementation of the state sci-tech program “Environmental safety in 2006-2009”. 

A preliminary structure of the state complex research program “Natural resources and environment” for 2011-2015 was presented. According to Alexei Karabanov, the program envisages the robust development of cutting-edge technologies that could help save up to 15-20% of energy resources. Other issues of the agenda included the mitigation of the Chernobyl aftermath and reduction of economic losses caused by natural disasters. The new program aspires to increase exports and manufacture of import-substituting products. According to preliminary estimates, about Br117 billion will be earmarked to deliver all the subprograms. 

The conference concluded with a roundtable session dedicated to the International Year of Biodiversity in Belarus. The participants of the session discussed environmental issues that have to be taken into consideration while implementing projects to promote sustainable development at local level. The ecologists pointed out to the need to streamline approaches to the maintenance of conservation areas, introduce the principles of biological diversity preservation to land-use planning policies. The experience of Ukrainian ecologists was studied. 

The participants of the conference visited the Grodno office of the national sci-tech library and took part in the environmental forum.

According to Belarusian portal